Interrogating Media is now The Fire Now.
We are Robert Palmer and Kevin Clay.
This blog arose out of a mutual desire to confront race in American politics and culture. We know that no analysis of race is complete without a consideration of its many intersections. As such, we are committed to the kind of cultural analysis that privileges working people, women, LGBT people, and people with disabilities. This is where our hearts lie.
However, we want this blog to be whatever it needs to be. As black men, we are all-too-familiar with the exhaustion that accompanies having to explain racism ad nauseam. We would rather this blog not become an exercise in frustration and tedium. You may find us going off on tangents unrelated to race; know that our commitments remain the same.
Kevin is a married father of twin boys. He’s also a doctoral candidate in Education, teaching courses in both Education and Africana Studies. Rob is a writer and an educator currently living in the Midwest. His writing tends to focus on race and gender in politics and popular culture. Ultimately, our goal is to contribute to public discourse in meaningful and critical ways and offer some degree of nuanced perspective
We do not strive for perfection or the simplistic inclusion of all experiences. We intend to write about things that are near and dear to our hearts. If we should fail in doing so, we welcome the insights of other marginalized people for reflection and correction. We are not infallible.
Now, more than ever in our personal and professional lives, we recognize the necessity of voices of color to the public discourse. We know that our silence will not save us. To that end, we are ready to meet the resurgence of white supremacy in America with our words, deeds, and bodies, if necessary. In 1963, James Baldwin wrote that we, the “handful that we are” might end the “racial nightmare.” He wrote: “If we do not now dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy, re-created from the Bible in song by a slave, is upon us: God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time!” His hope seems farther out of reach than ever. We say not next time – not this time – The Fire Now.